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Nauvoo, Illinois   

Historic Nauvoo is located in Western Illinois, bordered on three sides by a bend of the mighty Mississippi River. The restored homes, mercantile establishments and community buildings maintain the charm of what once was a beautiful, industrious city. Today, Nauvoo provides an opportunity to experience the people and times of the past. Beautiful Nauvoo, Illinois has become a popular destination for visitors due to the city's history and the wide variety of experiences to be enjoyed on the bend of the Mississippi River. Annual events, restored historic sites, live entertainment and shows, Illinois' oldest winery, golfing and recreation, and quaint shopping all make Nauvoo an ideal getaway. Browse this site to learn about the poignant history of Nauvoo that helped shape many of the popular events and attractions. As you stand on the streets of Nauvoo, either looking out over the bend of the Mississippi River or looking up towards the vibrant, quaint business district, it is not hard to realize how this picturesque experience in "City Beautiful" will put a smile on the faces of all ages.

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum    The Mark Twain boyhood home, museum, and other related sites are located in nearby Hannibal, Missouri. Follow young Sam Clemens on his rambles through Hannibal. Meet his family and friends and get to know the town during the time young Sam lived there. Continue the experience as you learn about Sam’s first outing as a writer. Then see which of the town’s people, places and events he later transformed into stories. Enjoy stories from Twain’s past and his imagination as you tour the exhibits.   
Villages of Van Buren    The . . . rush of life races the blood, but the quiet life restoreth the soul . . . the quiet life is what you will find when you visit the Villages of Van Buren County, in southeast Iowa. Off the beaten path, but near to history, nature and the spirit of America's heartland. Visitors say life in the Villages moves at a slightly different pace, that friendliness is a virtue among residents and that village heritage is sacred ground. The Villages are a unique cluster of towns in Van Buren County. It is simple to relax as you drive through the countryside, picnic in a park, hike the trails, stroll through the shops, enjoy the historic architecture, or relax and take in the solitude and beauty of the surroundings.    
Riverboat Cruise and Gambling    Cruise the beautiful Mississippi River aboard "Iowa's Friendliest Casino." This 1300 passenger vessel features unlimited gaming. The third deck features fine dining, entertainment, and a dance floor. Summer cruise season in Fort Madison. Winter dockside season in Burlington, Iowa (just 20 miles north of Fort Madison).   
Eagles    Winter Home of the Largest Concentration of Bald Eagles on the Mississipppi River 23rd Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days January 20 - 21, 2007 KEOKUK, IOWA Celebrate the symbol of our freedom! Bald Eagle Appreciation Days View eagles in their natural habitat. Wildlife, Conservation and Environmental Agency Exhibits World Bird Sanctuary Presentations & More! * Bring your camera & plenty of film!   
Grand Avenue    Keokuk's beautiful Grand Avenue is referred to in one publication as the "Miracle Mile". To quote the late local author Ray Garrison, "in earlier years admission to the sacred precincts of the Avenue was through family name and achievement." A most prestigious location for Keokuk's elite of the late eighteen and early nineteen hundreds, the atmosphere today is more cosmopolitan, but much of the avenue remains unchanged today. Pick up your walking tour guide and don't forget your camera, and enjoy the beauty these great homes have to offer.   
Civil War    Annual Battle of Pea Ridge Civil War Reenactment Battle of Pea Ridge re-enactment. Changes have taken place in Keokuk. These changes will create fresh interest from the Reenacting community and spectators alike. As a result of numerous requests in the past, we have listened and re-structured the lay-out of the Battlefield. Crossing a creek, moving up hill and down, placing Artillery at strategic spots should make for an interesting battle. Activities include a Ladies Style Show and Tea, Military Ball, Breakfast with the Troops, National Cemetery Memorial and Church Service, campfires and two Battle Reenactments. While in Rand Park, visitors can tour the camps, visit Sutlers' Row, snack on period food and enjoy period entertainment! Activities in the park are free of charge!    
Medicine Eagle    Rand Park KEOKUK, IOWA "Medicine Eagle" Gathering of the People PowWow The Goal: To reawaken Native dreams and traditions . . . . . To rekindle and awake the history of Native past . . . . . To share cultural diversity with native arts, crafts, dance, music and education . . . . . To bring understanding, love and unity . . . . . To honor Mother Earth and all her creatures . . . . . To honor those who have passed . . . . . All drums, dancers and public welcome   
Blues Festival    Rollin' on the River Blues Fest Victory Park Keokuk, Iowa Keokuk, Iowa presents it's end of the summer blues festival on the third weedend of August each year. At various times they feature fund-raisers, the best of the blues! "Through the years, Rollin on the River has presented some of the finest in blues music. We've had everyone from A to Z (Anson Funderburg to Buckwheat Zydeco). " -Jim Wells-   
Geodes    ROCKTOBER GEODE FEST "Geode Capital of the World" KEOKUK, IOWA The Keokuk Area Convention & Tourism Bureau and the Worthen Earth Searchers Rock Club have come up with a new event for an old Keokuk attraction. The Rocktober Geode Festival is planned for the 1st weekend in October. The festival will highlight the Keokuk Geode and offer opportunities to go on guided hunts. Although geodes of different kinds are found all over the world, the greatest abundance and variety are found in the outcropping of the Mississippian lower Keokuk bed within a 70 mile radius of the intersection of the Mississippi and Des Moines Rivers. Southeastern Iowa is one of the state’s best Geode collecting areas. Geode State Park in Henry County is named for the occurrence of the geode. The large number of mineral inclusions and the exquisite crystal groups that they form have made the Keokuk Geodes the most beautiful and the most sought after of all geodes by museums and collectors the world over. The most common size of Keokuk Geodes is about 3-4 inches across and sometimes reach 2 feet across and larger. Most Keokuk Geodes occur within a 35 mile radius of Keokuk.